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142 TEPCO Workers Found To Have Higher Exposures

142 TEPCO workers were found to have higher radiation exposures than TEPCO admitted. The Labor ministry found the workers doses were calculated improperly and that they had as much as double the exposure TEPCO claimed. Since exposure numbers are being used to determine who gets additional health screening and could be used as evidence in future injury cases, correct exposure estimates are critical. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of … Read entire article »

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11 Injured At Hanford Nuclear Site

11 Injured At Hanford Nuclear Site

11 workers have been hospitalized after a series of unidentified chemical leaks at the site’s aging tank farms. The two workers initially exposed are not recovering as expected. Multiple additional workers were made sick with some at an area 8-10 miles away from the initial incident. Response workers were also sickened when they went to investigate without wearing any protective masks or gear. “Immediately afterward two employees from what’s known as the industrial hygiene department of … Read entire article »

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A Weekend Of Fukushima & Nuclear Protests In Japan

A Weekend Of Fukushima & Nuclear Protests In Japan

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster site took to the streets in Tokyo to demand fair treatment and safer working conditions. About 100 workers gathered in front of TEPCO headquarters on Friday. The continued problems of contractor graft and theft of disaster pay has frustrated the process along with constant corner cutting at the plant putting the workers are unnecessary risk while they try to deal with the ongoing disaster. In Kagoshima near the Sendai nuclear … Read entire article »

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WIPP Workers Union To Independently Test Exposed Staff

WIPP Workers Union To Independently Test Exposed Staff

The United Steel Workers is sending a team of international safety department scientists to take samples and test workers at the WIPP facility. Out of a handful of workers were tested 13 were found to be contaminated. These positive findings were apparently discovered through whole body scans according to the Carlsbad Current Argus. The local union rep also expressed concerns with how worker safety was conducted during the incident: “The Carlsbad chapter of the United Steelworkers is baffled … Read entire article »

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13 Workers With Internal Exposure At WIPP

13 Workers With Internal Exposure At WIPP

13 workers have been found to have internal exposure to americium 241 by inhalation after their lab tests came back. DOE did not mention this was ongoing at the public meeting two days ago while they insisted there was no risk from the release. This letter today from the WIPP site admits more workers could be at risk and is offering those who were on site the testing program. Follow up samples will help determine the … Read entire article »

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Working At Fukushima As National Duty?

Working At Fukushima As National Duty?

31,383 workers have passed through the gates of Fukushima Daiichi between March 2011 and December 2013. TEPCO has complained of worker shortages already, a workforce will be needed for the next 40 years or more. Yet there has been a constant set of problems for workers and with the system that employs them. TEPCO has taken superficial actions to try to improve worker morale by improving rest areas or some accommodations. The bigger problems remain ignored. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi; Abusing Workers & Avoiding Liability

Fukushima Daiichi; Abusing Workers & Avoiding Liability

Examples of the continued abuse of workers hired to work at the nuclear disaster site continued in the last year. Disadvantaged workers were solicited at train stations. Those who took jobs frequently found themselves with no wages after hiring contractors extracted inflated expenses for food and housing. Some ended up in debt to their hiring contractor. Reopened towns nearby like Hirono are mostly ghost towns except for the workers. Workers and labor representatives cite that this … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Workers Who Risked Lives, TEPCO Demands They Repay Evacuee Compensation

Fukushima Workers Who Risked Lives, TEPCO Demands They Repay Evacuee Compensation

Many of the workers at Fukushima Daiichi lived in the area. They lost their homes to the tsunami and nuclear disaster just as all of the other nearby residents did. They continued to work at the plant even as they lost everything and had their lives turned upside down. Now TEPCO is demanding they repay huge sums (some around $100,000 USD) even if they no longer are receiving compensation payments. Many saw their ongoing compensation payments … Read entire article »

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Fukushima News Roundup; December 30, 2013

Fukushima News Roundup; December 30, 2013

Reuters put out a special feature story on how the homeless are being recruited to do decontamination work in Fukushima prefecture. It goes on to show the many ways they are exploited and have their wages stolen by corrupt and largely unregulated sub-contractors. Some even end up in debt due to their work. The government failure to regulate this work has meant that a large portion of taxpayer money is falling into the hands of … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Worried About Vent Tower Stability, 25 Seivert Radiation Found At Base

TEPCO Worried About Vent Tower Stability, 25 Seivert Radiation Found At Base

TEPCO had been inspecting the unit 1/2 vent tower at a distance after damage to the upper structural system was found a few months ago. This had involved using telephoto camera lenses to view portions of the tower. This tower has been roped off since August 2011 when extremely high radiation was found near the tower. Now TEPCO has sent workers to take radiation readings around the base of the tower again. They found 25 seiverts … Read entire article »

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Fukushima; Dysfunction Olympics

Fukushima; Dysfunction Olympics

Workers are stressed, nobody is being held accountable, solutions remain out of grasp with the Olympics as a looming distraction. In Japan nothing seems to be working right. Some workers talked to LeMonde about current conditions at the plant. They talked about isolation, low pay and bad working conditions. Workers said many workers lack any training and are not even familiar with tools being used. Equipment given to the workers is frequently old as contractors do … Read entire article »

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METI Declares Themselves In Charge Of Fukushima, Immediately Proves Their Incompetence

METI Declares Themselves In Charge Of Fukushima, Immediately Proves Their Incompetence

The day after METI told the press they were taking over the leaking water response at Fukushima Daiichi, they proved why this may be a horrible idea. METI Minister Toshmitsu Motegi went to Fukushima Daiichi and immediately blamed the workers on the ground for the string of constant failures by TEPCO: (translation via Ex-SKF) “About the leak of 300 tonnes of contaminated water from a storage tank at the plant, Ministry of Economy thinks it was caused … Read entire article »

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Radiation Levels In Air Rising At Fukushima Daiichi

NHK is reporting after the most recent TEPCO press conference that radiation levels are rising around Fukushima Daiichi. This seems to indicate a change from the reporting earlier in the day. The initial reports cited the dust monitor near the anti-seismic building as having gone off. The new report from NHK hints there may be a wider problem now at the plant. From NHK: “TEPCO officials say they have detected radioactive substances above the alert level in air around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.” We are working on confirming this further. If this is the case it indicates something at the plant has changed. Workers have been instructed to wear full protective masks in all areas of the plant since the dust monitor went off this morning. Update: TEPCO released a press … Read entire article »

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Radiation Monitors Go Off At Daiichi, Workers Exposed

The dust monitoring equipment both inside and outside of the anti-quake building at Daiichi went off on the 19th. Two workers were found with contamination on their heads and TEPCO reconfirmed an order to wear full face masks (respirators) in all areas of the plant. This problem when it happened last week, TEPCO assumed it was the water misting system for the bus stop nearby. In that incident 10 workers were found to be exposed. This time the water misting system was not in operation. TEPCO does not explain why the dust monitor went off both inside and outside the building. The anti-quake building has a staging area to process and scan people before they are allowed into the controlled area where radiation protection (suits and masks) gear is not required. A … Read entire article »

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Former Fukushima Daiichi Chief Dies Of Cancer

Masao Yoshida, chief at Fukushima Daiichi during the 2011 disaster died of esophageal cancer Tuesday in Tokyo.  Yoshida’s actions during the disaster defied the demands of the Tokyo office who thought they might be able to salvage the melting down reactors. Yoshida ordered sea water to be injected into the reactors against TEPCO’s orders. This action likely prevented the disaster from becoming much worse. In interviews Yoshida gave after the more urgent phase of response was over told how they thought they might die many times during the early days of the disaster. At one point he had all of the workers write their names on a white board in the isolation building so it would be known who was there if they were all killed. He later found creative ways … Read entire article »

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To The Surprise Of Absolutely No One, Yakuza Involved In Decontamination Work

Asahi Shimbun reports on the prolific problems of the Yakuza in the layers of contractors used to conduct decontamination work after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Workers only see a portion of their pay as gang members siphon off the rest. Even legitimate contractors have been blamed for the massive waste in the system where each layer of subcontractors takes a cut of the pay. Journalist Tomohiko Suzuki has a very simple solution to both problems. Direct hire workers to do the decontamination work. Read all the details over at Asahi Shimbun http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201305060062 This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are … Read entire article »

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Pre-Tsunami Damage At Unit 1 Fukushima Daiichi

Concerns about damage to unit 1 and possibly other units having happened before the tsunami hit the plant still exist among experts and those who witnessed the disaster. Many worked cited seeing pipes buckle, break, leak or fall off of walls as they fled the unit during the earthquake. In an effort to document these events and investigate the possibility of earthquake induced damage playing a role in the disaster we have started a page to document those findings. The permanent page can be found here or in the Fukushima Status menu on the home page. http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?page_id=10166 This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that … Read entire article »

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TEPCO’s Tungsten Vests

The use of these vests was mentioned in passing by worker “Happy11311″ while talking about the effort to clean off unit 3. Workers had been sent up onto the scaffolding surrounding unit 3 to help guide the cranes wearing these vests. Apparently they have been in use for a while, there was a mention of workers wearing them to enter unit 2 back in 2011. The vests were originally conceived by Entergy to lower exposure levels for workers doing certain tasks during refueling outages. Improvements were made to these vests to have both front and back protection when they were produced for TEPCO after the disaster. The vests are made out of a tungsten and iron powder suspended in silicone. This makes the vests flexible while still providing protection, they weight … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Workers Unmonitored Exposures Likely Occurred

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and radiation experts have pointed out flaws in early worker exposure monitoring. This lack of proper monitoring could lead to additional health problems that could go un-monitored due to the lack of documentation. Workers were wearing chest dosimeters and did not have any sort of additional monitoring for feet, hands or head. Many workers didn’t even have dosimeters during the early days of the disaster. The chest dosimeters. TEPCO’s excuse for not doing initial monitoring was that the gamma levels were initially higher than the beta levels. Yet a number of workers suffered beta burns after stepping in contaminated water. Workers mention they frequently found higher levels in the debris around their feet. One worker quoted in the article says he had numbness in … Read entire article »

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Unit 4 Cover Building Columns To Begin Installation

Worker Happy, mentions that the installation of the cover building columns is beginning at Fukushima Daiichi. (machine translation) “Could they also blur Tsu, sleep early Nakya out with sleepiness (-o-;) song was also sleeping until now eat pudding..Oh, today I have assembled a huge steel columns of the cover Unit 4. I wonder if tomorrow than today … Sabui.I at I on. Link TEPCO has also released some photos on the work today. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let … Read entire article »

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Fukushima 50 Battle Depression, PTSD And Discrimination

The Fukushima 50 (actually totaling 300 workers) currently have about a 50% incidence rate of depression or PTSD. On top of this most are also victims of the disaster. These workers continue to face discrimination that some experts connect to the deep allegiance and identity with employers many in Japan put on people. This identity causes the workers to be seen as “TEPCO” rather than people who risked their lives to protect the country. via BBC Radio This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. … Read entire article »

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Staffing Issues & Future Plans Dog TEPCO & Fukushima Daiichi

A number of recent reports show the manpower problems at Fukushima Daiichi. There have been problems all along with trying to secure qualified workers to do work at the plant. There have been problems with the Yakuza sending in unskilled workers, workers who owed them debts and skimming off of workers pay. Multiple layers of sub contractors further complicate responsibility an communication. This week a worker attempted to cut a plastic conduit pipe with a hand saw assuming it was empty. To his surprise (and luckily not his shock) the conduit contained a live high power electric line. Miss-communication from management to workers and insufficient pre-work inspection lead to the worker being told to cut the conduit with the active line. A system with lights indicates where power lines are activated. … Read entire article »

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Oops! Worker Bumps Reactor Water Valve At Fukushima Daiichi Changing Water Rate

A worker installing pipe insulation bumped a valve controlling the feedwater cooling for unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi. This increased the water injection rate to 7 tons per hour from 5.8 tons per hour. Once it was discovered workers adjusted the valve back down. Such events highlight the fragile nature of the plant where critical systems have no protection or safety systems. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content … Read entire article »

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Worker Breaks Leg At Daiichi

Workers are reporting that at least one worker was injured in the turbine building of unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi. Details about what led to the injury were not available and TEPCO has not reported the incident yet. Machine translation: Happy113114:45 am via Keitai Web I was cold in the morning today (^ O ^), the scene was surprisingly warm and easy to work っ now. Location of water leakage Sally yesterday, I was not doing anything today. Maybe in the building is to investigate various … and cause. People were injured in the turbine No. 4 came out today was like after. But it seems like … a broken leg. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. … Read entire article »

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4th Worker Highly Exposed In #3 Turbine Basement

TEPCO has admitted a 4th worker was highly exposed in the turbine building basement of unit 3. He received 56 mSv for his brief trip into the basement. TEPCO also admitted all of the team that was in the basement for longer required medical care due to their exposure. “TEPCO and its business partner Kandenko Co. had previously said that only three workers waded through highly contaminated water on March 24, 2011. That story held up until last month. A different worker revealed during a Nov. 1 news conference that he had refused to go to the basement but someone else went there.” “The two Kandenko employees and the man working for a first-tier subcontractor ventured to the basement and went about their tasks while ignoring dosimeters clicking ever faster due to the … Read entire article »

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Japanese Researchers Invent Cyber Robotic Armor For Fukushima Workers

A group of researchers has invented a suit of brain controlled robotic armor for Fukushima nuclear workers to use as they deal with the high risk conditions at the plant. The development company called Cyberdyne named the suit HAL. The researchers must be science fiction fans. The suit works off of brain waves to activate and assist with movement and lifting. The protective gear worn by workers in some high radiation areas is extremely restrictive due to weight and bulk. The suit assists with moving the additional weight of protective gear and can also monitor human vital signs to  warn workers of physical exhaustion. Read more here. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, … Read entire article »

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Noda Talks With Some Of The Fukushima 50

  Eight members of the Fukushima 50 who battled the disaster at the plant after the March 11, 2011 earthquake met with Prime Minister Noda at J Village during his recent visit. For possibly the first time some of them have disclosed their names in the media. The report includes two names, Masatoshi Fukura and Atsufumi Yoshizawa. Yoshizawa said that he wanted to apologize first to the people of Japan that they would not be able to prevent the nuclear accident. Fukura told that 20 people took 48 hour shifts in the control rooms of the melting down reactors during the worst of the disaster, surviving on biscuits and water. As unit 1 exploded workers had the internal ceiling cladding fall in on them showering them in white dust. They continued their work in protective suits and respirators. … Read entire article »

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Update On Situation At Fukushima Daiichi

Fukushima worker Happy11311 posted some updates about what is going on at the plant. The work at Unit 2 to replace the thermometer was likely under way today. TEPCO recently reported on their plan for doing the work. Machine translation of Happy’s tweet: “Unit 2 in the building work is being done every day. I wonder if I was successful alternative thermometer Unit 2 today had come to think of it …? I’m late to the process can not be (full-scale test using contaminated water) in the hot exam of approval of the country does not fold like I’ve been also Dekiaga~tsu Alps.” Happy mentions work at unit 3, apparently work to remove debris from the top has begun. Translated references to “opefuro” is the spent fuel pool. Machine translation of Happy’s tweet: “Unit 3 had been hanging … Read entire article »

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Worker At Fukushima Daiichi Exposes Labor Conditions

A worker at Fukushima Daiichi documented the events as he sought work at the disaster site and how the system is worked. He released a full video on YouTube that shows much of the training process for new workers and his narrative but it lacks English subtitles. He does show a brief bus ride into the plant. Some things he mentions of his experience: He was given a pre-filled resume to use that claimed he had previous nuclear experience that he did not have. They attended a 1 day seminar as the extent of their radiation safety training. They were misinformed that exposure to 1mSv of radiation would “go back to zero” in 8 days. He was told he would be checking in/out equipment and doing radiation survey. His actual work involved changing the agitator in the … Read entire article »

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Masao Yoshida Interview, Compiled Information & Statements

The plant manager of  Fukushima Daiichi, Masao Yoshida has broken his silence on what happened at the plant during the beginning of the disaster. Yoshida is currently off work while he battles esophageal cancer and recovers from a brain bleed. He decided to speak now as the main investigations into the disaster have now concluded. Mr. Yoshida explained his reasons for talking now as “the human element has been lost” from the many investigative reports written about the accident, and that he and his colleagues needed to “find ways to properly convey the experience.” WSJ Workers at the plant have faced a huge series of problems that alone would have been enough to crush many people. They lived in the area. They too lost homes & family members. Their communities were lost … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Workers Blamed By Locals

Workers at Fukushima Daiichi had already been cited by psychologists as suffering from post traumatic stress type problems. The media has documented the difficult conditions they work under and the life and death stakes as they worked to gain control of the disaster. A paper coming out later this week will detail what two psychologists explain as the stress and social stigma the workers and their families are living under. Workers have said they are being discriminated against and the target of anger by many impacted by the disaster. Yet many of the workers are also victims of the tsunami and nuclear disaster themselves. Most lived in the area and lost homes and family due to the disasters. Even a female former tour guide for the plant has had people lash out at … Read entire article »

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Two Workers At Daiichi Hospitalized

According to Spreadnews.de two workers fell ill while removing debris from unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi. Both were taken to the on site medical facility in the building for units 5-6 and give fluids. They were then transported by ambulance to J Village and eventually to the hospital in Iwaki. TEPCO confirms this incident claiming the workers had “a mild disturbance of consciousness” and that they had no radiation exposure. http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/f1-np/press_f1/2012/pdfdata/j120729a-j.pdf This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish … Read entire article »

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Subcontractor In Scandal A TEPCO Subsidiary, Glass Badges Checked

As was assumed would be claimed, TEPCO is now claiming the workers who covered their dosimeters with lead plates and also carried glass badges don’t have an exposure discrepancy. There is no indication any outside agency will check and confirm this claim by TEPCO that seems highly unlikely. Considering the work involved was handling hoses used to transport radioactive water out of the reactors in a known high radiation area, having the workers glass badges closely match the altered dosimeters is a questionable claim. The dosimeters are turned in daily and the glass badges every 1-3 months. There is no method to assure a worker carries or does not alter a glass badge’s reading since it does not create a digital record like a dosimeter of the type used at Fukushima … Read entire article »

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More Details On The Fukushima Workers Exposure Scandal

More information has come out today as the media has gathered more information on the falsifying of worker radiation doses at Fukushima Daiichi. The subcontractor who had employees working under TEPCO at Daiichi ordered workers to cover their dosimeter with a lead plate so they could fake their absorbed doses of radiation allowing them to work at the plant longer by faking their dose. “Some refused the orders. Others raised questions about their safety and the legality of the practice. But the man in charge, a senior official of a subcontractor of Tokyo Electric Power Co., warned them that they would lose their jobs–and any chance of employment at other nuclear plants–if they failed to comply.” Asahi Shimbun A senior official for Build Up Construction, the contractor in question instructed workers to make … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Workers Forced To Fake Radiation Levels

Contract workers at Fukushima Daiichi were forced by bosses to cover their dosimeters in lead covers. The dosimeter is the device that records their radiation dose. Workers, once they reach a maximum exposure level can no longer work at the plant. All of this was going on as the levels for exposure have been set at incredibly high levels due to the magnitude of the disaster. The level was originally 250 mSv and may have been lowered slightly in recent months. Workers at the contractor company for some reason recorded the meeting with workers, the bosses instructing the workers to fake their exposure levels is apparently on tape according to Japanese media. This story broke yesterday in Japanese media and quickly spread. The BBC has more details in English here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18936831 Sadly this … Read entire article »

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Entergy Locks Out Nuclear Plant Workers, Replacement Workers Show Incompetent Mess Inside The Plant

Entergy, corporate owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant has been fighting the plant workers union over the health plan and working conditions at the plant. Entergy’s solution to the union’s request for safe and sane working conditions was to intimidate then lock out all the workers at the nuclear power plant. This includes all the technicians and plant operators, those that know the plant and are the people who make sure it runs safely. Entergy has brought in replacement workers, likely from other facilities Entergy owns. The replacement workers are being pressed to do work they are not trained for and at least one worker has complained that they are not familiar with the plant. This is an obvious safety issue when nobody at the plant is familiar with the processes … Read entire article »

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17 Year Old Boy Working At Daiichi Month After Disaster

A 17 year old boy was found working for Kajima Corp. at Fukushima Daiichi in April of 2011. His dose was 1.92 mSv for his work cutting holes in turbine buildings. Workers in Japan must be 18 and normally a drivers license is required as proof of identification to work at the plant. There are still many workers from the early months of the disaster that can not be found. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20120508/k10014981511000.html http://www.jiji.com/jc/eqa?g=eqa&k=2012050800935 http://enformable.com/2012/05/tepco-admits-at-least-one-underage-subcontractor-worked-at-fukushima-daiichi-in-april-2011/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Gone On Vacation

TEPCO has apparently gone on vacation for Golden Week. Ryuichi Kino, a journalist who frequently reports TEPCO’s press conferences tweeted this from today’s TEPCO press conference. dragon Yat Kino (Ryuichi KINO) @ Kinoryuichi Reply Retweet Favorite – Open [Press conference] The Tokyo Electric Power, the rest of the GW. Following after the holidays. According to TEPCO, I rest a press conference “between the GW does not have much work on the premises.” Whether this explanation is true, can not be examined because they can not look in your own. Because the relationship between patrol and maintenance without breaks or contact of broken or leaking is expected to come. TEPCO’s last report in English is April 27th. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/index-e.html http://photo.tepco.co.jp/en/index-e.html TEPCO’s Japanese page includes some images and explanation of minor leaks in the desalination equipment dated today. http://photo.tepco.co.jp/photo/2012/201205-j/120501_01j.html http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/index-j.html While it is … Read entire article »

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TEPCO To Keep On 16 Workers With Exceeded Radiation Doses

16 workers currently at the plant will be allowed to continue working even though their exposure levels exceed the 100 mSv maximum exposure level for workers in Japan. On May 1st the maximum exposure level went from the emergency 250 mSv back to the non emergency standard of 100 mSv. The workers being kept on are all critical staff with advanced expertise or extensive knowledge of the plant. Efforts were made to lower the doses in the quake proof building on site and the workers will be working in the building while on site. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content … Read entire article »

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Unit 2 Torus Inspection Video: Images And Analysis

Video was also released of the unit 2 torus inspection. The video quality is quite poor compared to the video of 3 but there are a few usable images. Images are from the second location they inspected, quality on the first half of the video was to poor to use. Unit 2 video on YouTube - click on an image for a larger version.   Down stairs to the MB (mezzanine basement) Down stairs to MB Taking a radiation reading in the MB Radiation reading in the MB Metal plates on the floor before the airlock door. Airlock door Finding a bag on the floor in the MB Carried the bag out of the MB when they left. Inspecting the bag on the MB as they found it on their way in. The bag appears to be full of demons, or more likely some … Read entire article »

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